What happens when the modern world comes roaring into an ancient city?
No other place in the world has experienced urbanization as fast and sweeping as China. Its unprecedented rate of change makes it a fascinating area of study for students of urban development. In studying China’s unique path to modernization you’ll gain valuable skills to address the universal urban challenges of sustainability, reuse, and renewal.
The city of Shanghai, considered by some as a microcosm of China’s development, sets the scene for this program. Its restless history of balancing transformation with tradition creates intriguing case studies examined by scholars worldwide.
Part 1 of the program introduces you to the immense and unique nature of China’s urbanization process. You’ll learn about the impact of socialist ideology, the household registration (Hukou) system, rural-urban migration, and globalization. Your placement in Shanghai will give you a first-hand look at how the city must address everything from economy to architecture in urban planning.
Part 2 highlights the sheer diversity of China and how its regional cultures affect urbanization policies and practice. Part 3 reveals the consequences of rapid urbanization, including massive migration and assimilation, housing problems, urban inequality, and discontent – ultimately, the challenges future urban planners will tackle.
Your learning takes to the streets as you visit the Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Center, sites showcasing ShiKuMen architecture, and Creative Industry Park. These trips will bring your learning to life and illustrate the challenges of urban planning in a huge and rapidly-changing city.